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Notius depressus (final moult)

Notius depressus


This bug had just broken out of its previous skin (above). It turned around for a while as if to say goodbye or maybe to see if it had forgotten anything before leaving. It's old outfit was dark aqua-blue whereas the new one is bright pink with red and yellow highlights, legs and antennae. I don't know if this colour remained or changed quickly in the fresh air.


Within the very thick and creviced bark of an E. crebra.


Could the white strands/strings relate to the breathing spiricules? There's a creepy face in the old shell. Note the old shell doesn't match the 'structures' in the new one but you can see how the old one was designed to open on the previous instar at

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Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Nice spotting and Hence info!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

love pic #2 where he's removed his mask - good spotting !

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting!

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Even the bugs in Australia are colorful and interesting. great information and photos

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Lars.

LarsKorb 9 years ago

Nice one, Argy

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Viv and Cindy (I should have rolled the mouse down :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks pam, martin, shanna.

pamsai 9 years ago

great spot, Argybee... It looks like it is soft and squidgy when it first moults!

MartinL 9 years ago

Nice observation Argybee. This will be the fifth, most significant and final molt, where adult wings and shape appear. The soft color is normal for a few hours while the shell hardens. I cannot help with the fibres but I like the spirucle theory. The nymph is captured here

ShannaB 9 years ago

Wow, great stuff!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Perfect timing Argybee!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Karen.
I'm getting really curious now about those white filaments... anyone?... martinl? oxyjack? ...

CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Cool spotting

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 21, 2012
Submitted on Apr 21, 2012


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